Thursday, July 24, 2008

Classic Rock Magazine ~ Prog Spawn

The latest issue of Classic Rock Magazine has a cover mounted CD devoted to new prog acts. The title and cover illustration of the disc is awful, but the music is uniformly excellent. A lot of it I have heard before, but it is gratifying to see this stuff get a wider exposure. It is just and right that acts like Big Big Train, Touchstone and Manning in particular have a forum like this to reach a much wider audience. They all deserve to be heard and hopefully pick up some converst on the way.

I was particularly impressed by the opening track by Mystery who appear to be a Canadian band. Haven’t heard them, but their “Travel To The Night” from their latest album was very tasty indeed. So need to check them out. I am not sure on the inclusion of Odin Dragonfly, the duo of Mostly Autumn’s Heather Findlay and Angela Gordon. This is nicely acoustic, but prog? Also, the very excellent No-Man have a track from their latest album here, but I wouldn’t class them as prog and I am surprised Steven Wilson approved the inclusion as he has in the past vocally distanced himself from the prog tag for his band Porcupine Tree. Maybe he is mellowing a bit.

A great little taster/compilation this and does indicate how strong prog rock is in the UK at the moment. But that title!!!

3 Comments:

Blogger alcockrj said...

I'll be looking out for that magazine. There seems to be a prog special coming out every summer in recent years, which is great.

I had a listen to some No Man tracks but the music is too depressing for me. Depressing prog seems to be all the rage these days. I much prefer some happy stuff like Brother Ape.

All the best,
Rob.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Barrie Sillars said...

No-Man depressing!!! Rob, I see where you are coming from, but I would say "melancholic". Maybe it's me, I am a miserable git anyway. Well, my wife says so. I love Peter Hammill and VdGG so No-Man are nothing on them! But I do love them. Their "Flowermouth" album is particularly wonderful. The opening track has Mel Collins and Robert Fripp on it.

Brother Ape, another newie on me! Will check that out as I have done all your recommendations. Haven't been disappointed yet.

If you want happy prog check out Sweden's Moon Safari.

10:40 AM  
Blogger alcockrj said...

I found the magazine in the shops and saw that it is not a Prog Special after all but just the usual magazine. I have 3 Prog Specials on my shelves but I was hoping for another so I could read the same information for a fourth time! Never mind, I'm sure they'll do another one.

Have you heard Black Bonzo's Sound of the Apocalypse? It's dynamic 70's-sounding stuff.

7:22 AM  

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